GEOG 487
Environmental Challenges in Spatial Data Science

Lesson 1 Overview and Checklist


Lesson 1 Overview and Checklist


As we begin the course, it is important to delve into the unique aspects or distinctive characteristics of employing geospatial technology in the context of environmental challenges. The term 'environmental' can encompass varied interpretations for different individuals, and even within the realm of GIS, there exist diverse perspectives and various ways to frame it. Within this lesson, we will strive to clarify this area of application by introducing environmental concepts, exploring three instances of environmental challenges, and contemplating the role played by GIS and other geospatial technology in addressing these challenges.


At the successful completion of Lesson 1, you will have:

  • investigated the concepts of conservation, preservation, and ecosystem services;
  • explored three scenarios of environmental challenges;
  • participated in conversations about what it means to employ geospatial technology when grappling with environmental challenges.
SDGs for clean water/sanitation, affordable/clean energy, sustainable cities, climate action, life on land
UN permission/agreement not required as per UN Guidelines


If you have questions now or at any point during this lesson, please feel free to post them in the Lesson 1 Discussion.


This lesson is one week in length and is worth a total of 100 points. Please refer to the Course Calendar for specific time frames and due dates. To finish this lesson, you must complete the activities listed below. You may find it useful to print this page first so that you can follow along with the directions. Simply click the arrow to navigate through the lesson and complete the activities in the order that they are displayed.

  1. Read all of the pages in Lesson 1.
    Read the information on the Discussion Activity and Summary and Deliverables pages.
  2. Complete the Lesson 1 Discussion Activity.
    See the Discussion Activity page for details of what to discuss. 
  3. Post in the Lesson 1 Discussion.
    See the Summary and Deliverables page.  

SDG image retrieved from the United Nations